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End users can create connections to Oracle FastConnect using either a Dot1q port or a QinQ port. 

 

The following video shows how to connect to Oracle FastConnect using Equinix Fabric APIs.

Click here to download the postman scripts shown in this demo.

 

Layer 2 Connection To Oracle FastConnect

Step 1: Retrieve Oracle OCID

Obtain your Oracle OCID using the Oracle portal.

 

The OCID is a unique key essential for creating an Oracle FastConnect connection. 

 

Refer to https://docs.cloud.oracle.com/iaas/Content/Network/Concepts/fastconnectprovider.htm for instructions on how to signup for Oracle FastConnect. 

Step 2: Create Connection

2a) Authenticate

Submit your user credentials, Client ID, and Client Secret for OAuth2 authentication.

 

Refer to Generating a Client ID and Client Secret key under the Getting Started section for instructions on how to create client ID and client secret and refer to Requesting Access and Refresh tokens for instructions on how to call Oauth API to validate and authenticate your credentials.

 

If you are unaware of your user credentials for Equinix Fabric, contact your local Equinix Service Desk. 

 

2b) Get Port

Retrieve your allocated Equinix Fabric port information.

 

Refer to GET Port under the API Reference section for instructions on how to retrieve port details. You may skip this step if you already know your port information.

 

2c) Get Metros

Find all metros where Equinix Fabric is available to check if a connection can be established between the port selected earlier and your desired destination metro.

 

Use this API to identify the metro codes of your source (A-side) and destination (Z-side) for your connection.

 

Refer to GET Metros under the API Reference section for instructions on how to get the metro code. You may skip this step if you already know this information.  

 

2d) Get Service Profile

Identify all service profiles available for a given metro or metros, and select the profile to which you wish to connect.

 

Refer to GET Services under the API Reference section for instructions on how to retrieve service profiles in Equinix Fabric. You may skip this step if you already know the service profile details.

 

2e) Get ValidateAuthorizationKey

Verify whether your Oracle OCID can be used to create a connection to the seller profile selected earlier.

 

Refer to GET validateAuthorizationKey under the API Reference section for instructions on how to validate your authorization key. You may skip this step if you are certain that your key is authorized for creating connections with the selected service profile.

 

2f) Post Connections

POST /ecx/v3/l2/connections

Method POST
URL or End Point /ecx/v3/l2/connections
Headers Authorization, Content-Type
Query Parameters Not applicable
Body Parameters primaryName, primaryPortUUID, primaryVlanSTag,  primaryVlanCTag,  profileUUID, authorizationKey, speed, speedUnit, notifications [...], purchaseOrderNumber, sellerRegion, sellerMetroCode

 

The POST connections API creates a layer 2 connection between your port and the destination service profile. The authorization token and content-type are the only headers that are passed to this API and a response is received based on the values passed.

 

If you are unaware of how to obtain an authorization token, refer to Requesting Access and Refresh tokens section under Getting Started.

 

The following screenshots show a sample curl request to create a layer 2 Oracle connection using a Dot1q and QinQ port and a sample JSON response for this API. 

 

Should you want to estimate the price of this connection, use the API GET Prices.

 

Oracle FastConnect connection using a Dot1q port

 

curl -X

POST "https://api.equinix.com/ecx/v3/l2/connections"

-H "content-type: application/json"

-H "authorization: Bearer qwErtY8zyW1abcdefGHI"

-d '{
  "primaryName": "JohnDoeOracleDot1q",
  "profileUUID": "d7f5769b-9618-4d8e-b7dc-9e68ffd0a8b8",
  "speed": 1,
  "speedUnit": "GB",
  "notifications": [
    "JohnDoe@example.com"
  ],
  "purchaseOrderNumber": "456299",
  "primaryPortUUID": "9f891d3b-973c-73c0-bae0-30ac1885197a",
  "primaryVlanSTag": "786",
  "sellerRegion": "us-ashburn-1",
  "sellerMetroCode": "DC",
  "authorizationKey":
    "ocid1.virtualcircuit.oc1.iad.aaaaaaaafzx4jybgymnyfjfwyxl7f4b6emvp3uast2opcf6z7xzp2lqcnpjq"
}'

 

Oracle FastConnect connection using a QinQ port

 

curl -X

POST "https://api.equinix.com/ecx/v3/l2/connections"

-H "content-type: application/json"

-H "authorization: Bearer qwErtY8zyW1abcdefGHI"

-d '{
  "primaryName": "JohnDoeOracleQinQ",
  "profileUUID": "c7f5469b-9618-4d8e-b7dc-9e643rd0a8b8",
  "speed": 1,
  "speedUnit": "GB",
  "notifications": [
    "JohnDoe@example.com"
  ],
  "purchaseOrderNumber": "1111",
  "primaryPortUUID": "7f891e3b-974f-74f0-bae0-30ec1885143a",
  "primaryVlanSTag": "3273",
  "primaryVlanCTag": "1111",
  "sellerRegion": "us-ashburn-1",
  "sellerMetroCode": "DC",
  "authorizationKey":
      "ocid1.virtualcircuit.oc1.iad.aaaaabcdp2mwua7njveex3vmhchwqwyzzka5zrrhbo4wc7uz46pzlqghkzgq"
}'

 

The description of the body parameters is as follows:

 

Body Parameter Name Mandatory Type Example values Applicable values Description
primaryName Yes string JohnDoeOracleDot1q  

User-defined name of the primary connection.

 

Supply an alpha-numeric string, which can include hyphens and underscores ('-' & '_') as special characters (no other special characters are allowed).

 

Max Length: 24 characters

primaryPortUUID Yes string 99991d3b-9750-7500-bae0-30ac1885197a   Unique Equinix-assigned ID of the buyer's primary port from where the connection originates.
primaryVlanSTag Yes integer 774

 

S-Tag/Outer-Tag of the primary connection.

 

Range: 2 - 4094

primaryVlanCTag Yes string 775

 

C-Tag/Inner-Tag of the primary connection on the Z side.

 

Range: 2 - 4094

profileUUID Yes string 999552b-39b0-49ea-a232005088dc9c86   Unique Equinix-assigned ID of the provider's service profile.
authorizationKey Yes string ocid1.virtualcircuit.oc1.iad.aaafsderteyrty23556  

OCID obtained from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

speed Yes integer 50  

Speed/bandwidth to be allocated to the connection.

 

If you do not know the speed, you can call the validateAuthorizationkey API and query using the OCID to obtain the speed.

speedUnit Yes string MB  

Unit of the speed/bandwidth to be allocated to the connection.

 

Values: Either MB or GB.

notifications Yes array string JohnDoe@example.com

 

A list of email addresses that are notified when there are any updates on this connection.

 

Example:
["user@example.com", "user2@example.com"]

purchaseOrderNumber Yes string 0987654321   This optional field links the purchase order to the connection on Equinix. This link is reflected on the invoice.
sellerRegion Yes string us-ashburn-1   The region in which the seller port resides.
sellerMetroCode Yes string SV  

The metro code that denotes the connection’s destination (Z side). 

 

If sellerMetroCode is empty, the value defaults to the metro code of the port. 

 

The following table indicates the tagging criteria to be followed when a buyer/customer (A-side) wants to connect to Oracle (Z-side). Ensure to add the correct S tag or C tag based on your port type.

 

Port Type (A-side) S-tag required C-tag required Port Type ( Z-side)
Dot1q port Yes No Dot1q port
QinQ port Yes Yes Dot1q port

 

If you get “Access Denied” error, contact your local Equinix Service Desk for Equinix Fabric Portal access.

 

{
    "message": "Connection Saved Successfully",
    "primaryConnectionId": "567a8-0e07-44d0-944c-88a25d8d28f7"
}

 

The description of the response payload is as follows:

 

Field Name Type Example values Description
message string Connection Saved Successfully Indicates the status of the API call.
primaryConnectionID string 567a8-0e07-44d0-944c-88a25d8d28f7 Indicates the primary connection ID.

 

Once the POST Connections API is successfully called, you may check the status of the connection using the API GET Connections{uuid}

Should you want to upgrade the speed/bandwidth of this connection, you can use the API PATCH Connections{uuid}.

 

When a connection is created, the connection transitions through various states within the Equinix and Oracle infrastructure. These states can be monitored using the response attributes of the API GET Connections{uuid}. The "status" attribute indicates the connection status in Equinix and the "providerStatus" indicates the status in Oracle.

 

Equinix States under /ecx/v3/l2/connections/{connId}
"status" attribute values "providerStatus" attribute values Description
PROVISIONING NOT_AVAILABLE Connection request has not been yet sent to Oracle.
PROVISIONED PROVISIONING

Connection awaits for acceptance. Connection establishment in progress.

PROVISIONED PROVISIONED Connection established

 

 

When an end user deletes a connection using the API DELETE Connections{uuid} the connection transitions through the following states within the Equinix infrastructure. 

 

Equinix States under /ecx/v3/l2/connections/{connId}
"status" attribute values "providerStatus" attribute values Description

DEPROVISIONING

DEPROVISIONING

Connection disbandment in progress.

DEPROVISIONED DEPROVISIONED

Connection deleted.